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Recitation Hall Annex (Agricultural Experiment Station)

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Agricultural Experiment Station
1888, Lewis R. Springer. 1996 renovated, Moeckel Carbonell Associates
  • Recitation Hall Annex (Agricultural Experiment Station)
  • Recitation Hall Annex (Agricultural Experiment Station)

The college expanded in the 1880s with federal funds, as the Hatch Act made money available for the establishment of an agricultural experiment station. This 43 × 27–foot brick building in Queen Anne style has wrongly been attributed to Frank Furness, confusing it with next-door Recitation Hall (NK9.3); it does closely resemble some Furness designs, however. The architect, Springer, remains obscure, except for having bid unsuccessfully on a Delaware State Hospital job (NC1) in 1895. Chemical laboratories occupied much of the first floor, with the director's office slightly projecting at right of the front door. Upstairs were botanical, bacteriological, and entomological laboratories, plus a darkroom. Nearby stand two unassuming brick buildings, Mechanical and Electrical Hall (1898, Frank R. Carswell; enlarged 1904 and 1911; restored 2003), once home to the engineering department, and Taylor Hall, built as a gymnasium (1905–1906, Robeson Lea Perot).

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Recitation Hall Annex (Agricultural Experiment Station)", [Newark, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-NK9.2.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 182-182.

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